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September 21, 2020
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Firemen respond
The Decorah Fire Department was called to a motor vehicle fire Wednesday morning on Highway 9 near the Decorah Municipal Airport. Traffic was rerouted for a time to allow firemen to get the blaze under control. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Roz Weis)
Sunday, August 16, 2020 8:41 AM
In response to directives from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Presidents Council of the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C), Luther College’s intercollegiate athletic conference passed a resolution Monday to postpone football, women’s and men’s soccer and volleyball to spring 2021. The conference intends to move forward with fall competition in women’s and men’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis. Schedules will be determined and announced at a later date.
  • Decorah City Council will discuss proposals to close up to 5 additional parking spaces in the downtown business district during the Monday, Sept. 21, meeting starting at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall.
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  • New data from the Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service indicates a total of 298 positive cases of COVID-19 and a total of five deaths in Winneshiek County to date. The Sept. 21 report listed 213 cases as "recovered" in the county.
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  • Constitution Day Parade held Saturday
    The Winneshiek County Republican Party hosted a Constitution Parade Saturday, Sept. 19 in downtown Decorah.
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  • Transition to on-site learning
possible for Decorah Schools
    The Decorah Community School District announced Friday afternoon the Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, to discuss the Hybrid learning model and possible transition to full on-site learning Monday, Sept. 28.
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  • Court Street project under way
    Curbing work along Court Street near the Courthouse is under way. No parking signs have been installed near the intersections with Broadway and Main Streets.The parking lot at the Courthouse is currently open to traffic.
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  • Decorah Public Library staff report that interior renovations are about to begin after some initial delays due to Covid-19-related manufacturing shutdowns and busy contractor schedules. The project, which was initially slated to run August-October, is now scheduled for late September- December. This particular project has been in the works since 2017, and follows on the heels of a series of exterior renovations completed in summer/fall 2019. 
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  • Viking.TV to feature Decorah's Vesterheim Museum  Sept. 28
    Tune in to Viking.TV ( on Monday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. (CT) when Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, presents the featured museum program of the week. 
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  • A recent Publishers Clearing House scam has left area citizens out of thousands of dollars. 

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  • Winn. Co. Sheriff’s Office issues bus safety reminder
    In a statement issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office states, “We want to remind you, our school buses are hauling precious cargo and it is imperative that we prevent a tragedy. Let’s work together to ensure a safe school year for all of our students. Make sure you know the laws, and share this information with your friends.”
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  • Decorah Newspapers
welcomes new editors
    Tanya O'Connor and Scott Bestul are heading the editorial staff at Decorah Newspapers. O'Connor has been with the newspaper here in Decorah for more than 16 years. Bestul joins the news team from his previous position as editor of the Tri County Record based in Rushford, Minn.
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  • Memorial fund honors cyclist’s legacy

    Area children in need of cycling equipment, or assistance getting a bike repaired, now have a helping hand, thanks to the late Ron Ruen of Decorah. 

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  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new public health proclamation Tuesday, Sept. 15, adding a social-distancing requirement to restaurants and bars in all of Iowa's 99 counties. The new proclamation states "all patrons must have a seat at a table, booth or bar, and must consume their food and/or beverage while seated at a table, booth or bar." In short, patrons consuming food or drinking beverages must be seated in all Iowa eating and drinking establishments.

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  • Don Jose Restaurant earns 'Citation for Beauty'

    Members of the Decorah Town & Country Garden Club gathered at Don José Mexican Restaurant Sept. 15 to present the downtown establishment with the "Citation for Beauty" certificate.

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  • Osterholm named as Farwell
Distinguished Lecture speaker
    Luther College regent and renowned public health expert Dr. Michael Osterholm, Luther Class of 1975, has been named the Farwell Distinguished Lecture speaker Oct. 15.
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  • Due to COVID19 concerns, poll worker availability, and building use policies; there will be fewer polling places than usual for the Nov. 3 General Election.
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